The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
1. Who do I see on my campus about
resources for veterans?Each CCAC campus has appointed a Military and Veterans Services
Representative to address the needs of veterans on campus. Please
see the Contact Us section of
this website for your campuses Veterans Services
2. How do I to
start my VA educational benefits at CCAC?Read our Getting Started
section of this website.
3. Do I need to
come to Military and Veterans Services every semester?You do not need to physically come to CCAC; however, you must
connect with your Military and Veterans Services representative each semester.
They will direct you to CCAC's benefits request form. Only classes
that are certified will be paid.
4. What classes
will the VA pay for?When starting your enrollment with the Military and Veterans Services, you
will declare your Program of Study located in the Course Catalog.
Only classes on your Program of Study will be authorized and
approved for payment by the VA.
5. How does CCAC
bill the VA?The Veterans Services Center must certify or bill the VA first
just for your credit hours, so they can begin processing your
Monthly Allowance for Housing (MAH) stipend. This will ensure that
your monthly living allowance is not delayed. Then, after census
date (the last day to drop/add; see academic calendars), our office
will bill them again for your tuition and fees.
This allows students to change their schedules appropriately
before we bill the VA for their tuition and fees in order to
prevent payment issues. Originally, our office billed the VA each
time a student made a schedule change, which resulted in many
overpayments, debts, and confusion. Now that we wait until after
the census date, schedules are more final and we only have to bill
the VA once for tuition and fees, which helps mitigate a lot of the
payment issues that students were previously facing.
6. Can I attain
college credit for military service?Veterans who are matriculating students may earn up to 30
credits in United States Armed Forces Institute courses, in which
they have passed final exams, and for other military education and
training. The decision regarding the granting of credit for these
courses resides with CCAC.
7. As a veteran,
how do I obtain in-state residency?Any veteran who is honorably discharged with Pennsylvania as
their home of record (located on their DD-214) and/or veterans who
have a PA driver's license may be eligible for in-state
8. Can I change my
program of study?Yes, but you must complete VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 and submit
it to our Veteran Services Department. In addition you must change
your major with CCAC
9. How long will it
take to receive my VA benefits?First-time applicants should expect to have to wait at least 6
to 8 weeks from the time the enrollment certification is sent
before payment is received. Continuing students will be processed
quicker provided there have not been any changes in program or
address. Keep in mind that Chapter 35 and Chapter 1606 (MGIB- Selected Reserves)
certifications are not processed until the first day of the
enrollment period even though the certification may have been
received by the VA Regional Office earlier.
10. Are VA
educational benefits taxable?No, veteran's benefits, paid under any law and administered by
the VA should not be reported as income to the Internal Revenue
11. What happens
if I drop a course during the semester?If you drop a course and the adjustment changes your training
time you must notify CCAC Military and Veterans Services at so that they can
inform the VA of a change in training time. This must be done even
if you have already notified the VA on the WAVE system. A change in
training time will affect your rate of payment, and failure to
notify your campuses Military and Veterans Services Representative in a timely
manner could result in an overpayment that you are required to pay
12. What is VA
Work-Study and who is eligible?The VA work-study program is an excellent avenue for students to
supplement their income while attending school. Generally, students
are placed in the VA Office at the college or university they
attend. Interested students should contact the VA Representative at
the college or university they attend for position availability.
Also, check the Atlanta Regional Processing Office and VA Medical
13. I receive
Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 or VRAP educational benefits and have to
verify my enrollment each month. How do I do that?Anyone receiving Chapter 30, 1606, 1607, or VRAP must
verify their enrollment each month to the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs in order to receive payment for that month. Your
enrollment can be verified on the last calendar day of the month by
using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment
(WAVE) system or by calling the toll free, Interactive Voice
Response (IVR) telephone line, at 1-877-823-2378.
14. How many
credits to I have to take in order to be a "full time" student by
VA standards?In order to be considered "full time" for VA purposes, please
follow the charts listed below for the semester you are
15. What programs offered through CCAC are approved for VA
Please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs WEAMS website
for an official list of what programs are approved by the VA.